We’ve been on the lookout for new tunes by Asian American artists, musicians, songwriters and DJs that capture the spirit of the colder, moodier season.
Below are a few of our favorite recent releases and picks by artists:
DJ Jennifer Lee’s tasty bass lines amidst the traditional gayageum string plucks make this track off her newest album “Lune Rouge” absolutely mesmerizing. Released after her recovery from brain surgery, her song, tinged with haunting melancholy to echoey beats, makes for a perfect fall release.
Kishi Bashi’s orchestral violin meets electronic pop is catchy and smooth. “Say Yeah” off last year’s “Sonderlust” made Billboard charts and is a sweet indie ballad that makes you want to sing along.
Charlie Yin, better known as Giraffage, paired up with indie rocker Japanese Breakfast to produce this loungey, electronic track. “Maybes,” off his newly released album “Too Real,” is filled with lightly tapped beats, smooth synths and fuzzy vocals, and puts you in a sweet haze about romantic indecision.
Orchestral seven-piece indie rock band fronted by lead singer Liam McCormick released their lead single “Mirror Love” off their newest EP “Prelude to War” earlier this year. Behind its jazzy sentiments are the heart of indie rock with catchy orchestral rhythms and McCormick’s cautionary vocals on love and self-reflection.
The mystery man behind producer ZHU is Steven Zhu, who stands out for his infectious deep house electronic beats. “Hometown Girl” off last year’s debut record “GENERATIONWHY” offers a lighter, catchy track to relax to with vocals by singer-musician Jaymes Young.
What’s on your playlist?